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I saw a common carder bee today feasting on our primulas - it's so cute.

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I bumble bee and hover flies zooming around the garden,the bumble lives at the base of the cherry tree in a hole in the grass.On my water butt i have covered the openings so as the bees do not get trapped inside,I found  a number of dead ones one year so took action .


today there are solitary bees all over the pulmonarias and their little earth volcanos have appeared in the lawn


I also have some beige coloured bees but I don't know what they are, any ideas?

I now feel that what I saw was a bee fly and not a common carder bee as it had a long proboscis.  Ooops!



i can recognise those ranunculus but i still cant tell my bees apart reliably


Our Shady Bank is full of bees busily buzzing around the foxgloves, clematis, aquilegias, roses,echiums and iris - the bees all seem to be coming out of and returning to  holes in the soffits of next door's roof   There are hundreds of them - every cloud has a silver lining 

Sorry nutcutlet I am a novice - it was only an article in a gardeners world magazine that led me to believe it was a c.c.bee as it was the only one I saw with a beige bum


Would much rather have bees in my soffits than starlings any day Dove! 

Saw a hoverfly today - first one I've seen this year. More bees around recently too but no good at identifying them. Love seeing them around. 


Strangely enough FG, last summer the neighbour had starlings nesting in his roof - not this year - a sparrowhawk took one off the roof earlier this spring and we thought that explained  it, but perhaps the bees saw them off?

 I've had a few bee's in my garden, mainly with white bottoms. There are at least two other species though, will have a closer look at the weekend when I've more time.   

I have bees flying round my Leyland Cyprus, bottom branches and to halfway up, they land  and seem to walk on the ribs of the leaves then carry on flying around the tree, WHY? They are bumble bees.


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